Peter Sulzle

British Columbia

  • Number of Completed Projects (2013-2014)
  • 4
  • Acres Conserved
  • 1,015
  • Land Value
  • $1,944,000
  • Stewardship Volunteers
  • 509

Grizzlies looking for love in southeastern British Columbia

This year, we made it easier for the threatened South Selkirk population of grizzly bears to find love by connecting with a larger population to the east.

We added more than 370 acres (150 hectares) to the Frog Bear Conservation Corridor, which runs through the Creston Valley and creates a safe passage for grizzlies travelling between the Selkirk and Purcell mountains.

The Frog Bear Conservation Corridor is named for two important species that will benefit from these conservation efforts: grizzly bear and northern leopard frog. The two newly conserved parcels are two more pieces in the puzzle to create a protected wildlife corridor through the valley.

During a hike at NCC’s Chase Woods Nature Reserve, seven-year-old Malcolm made a rare discovery: the endangered blue-gray taildropper. The discovery at Chase Woods is the farthest north the species has ever been found.

 
Walter Latter

Landowners’ legacy

Walter and Carol Latter, along with their dog Cinnamon, have a deep and abiding love for the 171 acres (69 hectares) of East Kootenay benchland they have called home for the better part of 20 years.

In the spring of 2014, they honoured this love of land by donating it to NCC for its long-term conservation.

Located in the Rocky Mountain Trench near Kimberley, BC, Cherry Meadows features ponderosa pine forests and extensive wetlands, with walking trails winding through the conservation area. For many years, the Latters shared this land with cougars, grizzlies, moose, fox, deer, mink, river otters and many other animals.

Mather Creek flows through Cherry Meadows, connecting directly to the ecologically sensitive wetlands of Bummers Flats.

“We are so glad to know it’s in good hands and will be for the foreseeable future,” Carol says.

Pocket mouse discovery in a land where sparrows fly among sagebrush

This year, NCC staff identified more than 50 at-risk species on the Sage and Sparrow grasslands less than two years after conserving the 3,120-acre (1,263-hectare) conservation area, which sits on the Canada-U.S. border near Osoyoos and protects part of an international swath of rare grassland habitat.

Their discoveries include four species new to BC and two species new to Canada, including the pocket mouse. Today, NCC is working in partnership with the BC Conservation Data Centre to search for other rare species on the Sage and Sparrow lands.